Let’s Be Friends Blog Hop is now live! Come link up!

Welcome to the Let’s Be Friends Blog Hop!

A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.
Dear Friends,
What a day to celebrate! This is the 124th week of the Let’s Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week!
Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I’ve never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!
The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That’s right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week’s hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.
The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!
There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! 🙂
Let’s Be Friend’s Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs, comment, and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news!
***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop.
Meet your hosts:
The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin’
Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin’
Meet this week’s co-host:
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***This weeks featured post from last week’s hop:
Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner!
Is there anything we can do differently or better? Please share in the comments!
…on to the Winner!
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Hello everyone! This is Tiffany. This week I chose this post because it is so true! I don’t know why, but people say the weirdest things to pregnant people. I resonated with so many points of this post. I still remember a lady looking at me when I was at the gym and about 36 weeks and saying, out loud, “Wow, are you gonna have your baby today?”! I was totally embarrassed. This is a great list to read and remember for all your pregnant friends.
I love Sierra and Faith and their blog Winks and Eyerolls. They are really great and have an amazing blog filled with awesome content! Go follow them!

Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit!


Balsamic Berries and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Parfait

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Summer is in full swing. It is HOT! We have been craving ice cream. I wanted to make some delicious ice cream parfaits here in my home so we could skip the lines at local ice cream shops. I learned a few quick and easy tips for making the perfect ice cream parfaits, plus whipped up two super easy and delicious recipes. The first parfait is balsamic berries and vanilla bean ice cream (my personal favorite!), and the second recipe is cookies and mint chocolate chip ice cream. Mom’s can totally be a hero with every scoop!

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Have you ever wondered how to make those pretty, perfectly formed ice cream sundaes and parfaits you see in pictures? If you are like me, your ice cream parfait typically does not look like the ones in photographs. It is either chunks of hard and deformed ice cream, or a melted mess of ice cream soup. I learned this super easy trick for entertaining: pre-scoop and freeze the ice cream until it is ready to be served! I was excited to try this fun and easy new way to serve up ice cream around my house.

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The trick to the perfect ice cream parfait is this:

1. Microwave your ice cream for about 5 seconds.

2. Use a great ice cream scoop that works well.

3. Get a cup of warm water and first dip your ice cream scoop in the water.

4. Slowly, from the side, scoop a nice ice cream ball.

5. Transfer the ice cream scoop to a baking sheet. Put the baking sheet in the freezer until you are ready to make the parfaits and serve them!

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What this does is solidify the pretty scoop. It also gives you time to make your parfait and add your ingredients, then top with a lovely but perfectly formed ice cream scoop! What an easy trick. I wish I had learned this easy entertaining tip sooner.

My all time favorite ice cream flavors are vanilla bean and mint chocolate chip. I tried out the DREYER’s SLOW CHURNED Ice Cream for my test in their Vanilla Bean and Mint Chocolate Chip flavors. It is ½ the fat and 1/3 fewer calories than regular ice cream. They also have Frozen Custard but I opted for the ice cream. The ice cream was perfect for making parfaits- really smooth and creamy and full of flavor.

Here are two quick and easy ice cream parfait recipes your kiddos will love this summer. These recipes are fun for just a quick and delicious dessert or are good for entertaining a summer barbecue or party! I included the recipe for balsamic berries. For the mint chocolate chip and cookies parfait, simply follow the same recipe just swap ingredients! The options for parfaits are endless! (You can also just pour the berries over ice cream in a bowl like the picture below!)

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Her parfait was gone pretty quick!

Her parfait was gone pretty quick!

Be sure to check out more delicious cheese recipes at DREYER’s Facebook or Pinterest for fun summer recipe ideas your kids will love!. I’d love to hear your favorite summer recipe or dessert!

Dreyers Parfait

 

Balsamic Berries and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Parfait
 
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Balsamic Berries and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Parfait
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • DREYER's Slow Churned Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 packages strawberries, cut in half
  • 1 package raspberries
  • Fresh mint, if desired for garnish
  • Optional: whipped cream or cherry on top
Instructions
  1. Microwave your ice cream for about 5 seconds.
  2. Use a great ice cream scoop that works well.
  3. Get a cup of warm water and first dip your ice cream scoop in the water.
  4. Slowly, from the side, scoop a nice ice cream ball.
  5. Transfer the ice cream scoop to a baking sheet. Put the baking sheet in the freezer until you are ready to make the parfaits and serve them!
  6. Next, take a large bowl and add the berries.
  7. Add the balsamic vinegar and sugar and mix well. Place bowl in refridgerator for at least 15 minutes... one hour is better to get all the juices tasting wonderful.
  8. Taking a glass or cup, add some of the berries and syrup to the bottom. Place a scoop of ice cream or two on top of the berries.
  9. Add more berries if desired.
  10. Optional: Add some mint for garnish or whipped cream and a cherry.

Late night thoughts

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Finding the time to sit down and blog lately hasn’t been very easy. I am not totally sure why, and I know blogging tends to come and go in seasons. I do miss blogging, but unfortunately there are only so many hours in a day.

My daughter has become really, really, clingy. Being three isn’t the easiest, I suppose, but she hangs onto my leg most of the day and wants me to hold her, constantly. The thing is, she is growing up so fast and it is almost hard to hold her anymore, she is getting so big. So often I get started on a project and then she comes to me to “hold her” and I just give in. Or try to distract her, but by the time I accomplish that I am totally distracted. Ha.

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Also, we have been working on our house a ton. Have you heard of the Clutter Free Challenge from Living Well & Spending Less? Well, my husband and I are totally digging it. It is not an easy task, though. It takes about 30 minutes to several hours a day, depending on which areas you are tackling. So far we have uncluttered toys, clothing, junk drawers, bathrooms, our entryway, the dining room, DVD’s, books, and CD’s, and our mail system. It has been an AMAZING process. Giving away items that I no longer use or only keep for sentimental reasons has been so liberating. I no longer feel like I am losing a battle to my home. We have literally given away several huge boxes and bags to Goodwill, I have made around $100 off of random things we no longer need, and our house looks and feels so much better.

I also decided to do something totally nuts. I signed up for Les Mills Bodypump Instructor training this month. I have loved taking Bodypump classes for years at my gym, and entertained the thought for years about getting certified to teach. However, I am no fitness diva. I am shaking in my boots to give it a go. But I decided to take a chance and do something daring and be a little courageous. So, in two weeks I am going to get my butt kicked at the audition. I am super nervous. I don’t remember the last time I challenged myself to do something like this. I might be the only person in there without a fitness background, but it will be something fun and different and push me out of my comfort zone.

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Recently I became a contributor for Denver Metro Moms Blog. It’s been big fun, and an amazing way to connect with local bloggers in my area. I’ve been laughing at my attempt to crank out content, though. Thankfully I have been able to write a few posts for their blog. Do you have any local blogs in your area?

Last, I am just enjoying my time back at home. I’ve been nannying off and on for over two years, and finally decided to be at home, mostly full time (aside from blogging from home). The hours go by quicker than I thought. I had all these aspirations to be super productive and accomplish big things, but the truth is, I realized I just miss my home. I miss being here and hanging with my kiddo and watching her grow too fast. Time is filled easily with mealtimes and cleaning up toys and going to the park and teaching her about God and music and shapes and numbers, bath time and play-dates and rounds of tickle monster… I love it, every minute. Working at home is endless and there is always more to do. I forgot that part of being a work at home Momma.

Thanks for bearing with me when it seems all I’ve been posting is my weekly blog hop and sponsored posts. Hopefully the crickets won’t get too loud. 🙂